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Memory Route World War ll Deadly Victim Liberation Molenschot

In the Municipality of Gilze and Rijen is a memory route created in memory of the Second World War.
In a number of places there is a sign with a description of what happened at that place in the Second World War.


During the liberation of Molenschot, Polish troops fired at the church tower because it contained Germans. With the shelling, the residents went to the air-raid shelter behind Broekstraat 12. Everyone was in the basement except Mrs. Bink-Diepstraten because she was in a wheelchair and was just in front of the entrance of this shelter. At that point, there was an impact that shrapnel hit her in the neck.

Pastor Verrijt stayed with Mrs. Bink-Diepstraten until she died (according to witnesses she bled to death). The adjacent farm (on which a son of hers was farming) also caught fire when the Polish army liberated Molenschot.

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  • Text: TracesOfWar
  • Photos: Peter van Hoek (1), Heemkring Molenheide (2)
  • www.heemkringmolenheide.nl

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